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good morning. the prime suspect behind the massive leak of afghanistan war documents is this 22 -year-old. how would an army private allegedly gain access to top secret information? his life back and then some. bp anouns overnight tony hayward will be replaced as the company's ceo. and just wait until you hear what he'll walk away with. and bugged out. a respected medical organization says children with head lice should be allowed to return to school and that has a lot of parents scratching their head today, july 27, 2010.
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and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning i'm i'm meredith vieira. >> i'm matt lauer. the unauthorized release of 90,000 documents has officials reeling and it's reignited the debate of the war if afghanistan. >> the man suspected behind of it has only been able to drink legally for a year. bradley manning, 22 years oldings already in custody for allegedly leaking other classified materials and now new questions, how could he have gotten his hands on so much sensitive information? the vice chairman of the senate intelligence committee would like to know. we'll talk to him straight ahead. arizona officials apologize
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to the families involved in the tragic mixup where the survive of a deadly accident was misidentified for nearly a week. some details of how that could have happened and what led investigators to realize they made a terrible mistake. you're tech savvy, right? al is. >> al is a ten. i'm a six. >> i'm a minus seven. never been interested. decided to finally take the plunge, worked with a tech expert. i presented quite a challenge. you're going to see what happened with my makeover in a little bit. >> look forward to that. let's begin on a tuesday morning with fallout from that leak of some 92,000 classified military documents. the young soldier who could be behind it. nbc's is at the pentagon this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. u.s. military and pentagon officials have launched a massive effort to cull through thousands of documents to determine if they contain any serious secrets that could put national security or american soldiers at risk. the irony here, however, is that
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the u.s. government hasn't been able to access nearly most of those documents that wikileaks claims it has. >> reporter: the mountain of raw intelligence covers a six-year stretch at a time the u.s. war effort was failing and the taliban was on the rise. the secret documents were released by wikileaks and its founder. >> the real story of this material is that it's war. it's one damn thing after another. it is the continuous small events, the continuous deaths of children, insurgents, allied forces. >> reporter: the documents reveal that even as pakistan accepted billions in u.s. aid, pakistani intelligence officials allegedly conspired with taliban leaders to attack american forces in afghanistan. the documents single out former intelligence chief hamid guiel. >> i deny it outrightly.
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i think it is mischievous, fictitious and fabricated. >> reporter: white house press secretary robert gibbs pushed back saying pakistan has eliminated safe havens trying to drive out the taliban. >> i'm not going to sit here on july 26th and tell you all is well. i will tell you that we are made progress in moving this relationship forward. >> reporter: the documents do suggest some coalition military cover-ups. in may 2007, the taliban shot down a u.s. helicopter with a shoulder-fired missile, killing seven soldiers but nato commanders concealed that fact. u.s. military officials telling nbc news it was an iranian-made heat-seeker bringing down the chopper. a senior pentagon official says the prime suspect is bradley
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manning, already facing charges for allegedly leaking this classified gun camera video of an apache helicopter attacking civilians in baghdad to nor other than wickyleaks. julien is a self-appointed activist who uses wrikileaks. >> wikileaks and some julien work outside the boundaries of conventional media. he seeks to expose injustice as he sees it. >> on a more somber note this morning, the u.s. military recovered the body of a missing sailor killed with the taliban over the weekend, justin mcneily, father of two, from kingman, arizona. a massive search is under way for another sailor, still missing, believed captured by
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the taliban. >> thank you very much. senator kit bond, republican from missouri, is vice chairman of the republican services committee. good morning to you. >> good morning to you. >> we don't know who leaked these 92,000 documents but the prime suspect is private first class bradley manning. a lot of people wonder if it is him, how does he get his hands on this classified material and what does that say about our nation's security apparatus? >> first of all, i think it's appalling, particularly anybody in the pentagon, would leak as much classified information as apparently leaked. and knowing it may put our troops, our allies at risk, impair our national security. now, it seems like a private first class would not ordinarily have access or the ability to get to so many documents. i think the pentagon has to do a
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thursday yoe investigation, determine who is responsible and prosecute that person. it's not going to stop until we see somebody in an orange jumpsuit. >> the website, wikileaks, says it's sitting on another 14,000 more documents. any way to prevent those from being released. >> you have to count on good journalistic judgment. i'm not counting on that. there have been efforts by the white house and "the new york times" agreed not to publish some things. i think responsible media would want to know that they are not compromising the lives and the security of our troops and those of us at home. but we know from past leaks, the 9/11 commission cited them as being very dangerous, and when i interviewed mike haydon for position of cia director right after the leak of the president's terror surveillance
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program, i asked him how bad it was -- how bad the damage was? he said for you we're only capturing the dumb terrorist. >> do you see anything in these documents, sir, that would possibly put our troops at risk? >> i haven't reviewed all the document, far from it. we do have the statement by the national security director and the white house that these leaks do threaten security of our troops, our allies and our nation at home. this does not -- this is not -- apparently so far at the same level of disclosing the president's intercept of electronic communications that was very effective in protecting us after 9/11 and was completely blown by "the new york times" disclosure of that information. >> but -- >> cutting off significant amount of information we used to be able to get. >> i thought the pentagon said they were more concerned with the scope of the documents than they were the contents.
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there were so many but not -- >> that's probably true. somebody who is dumping 90,000 documents, there are bound to be some needle trims in that haystack of information. they'll have to do a lot of work to find out how it was done. more important, there has been a culture in washington, it's almost a parlor sport, of leaking classified information, either to get back at somebody, to effect policy, or just for self-gratification. that has been a painless violation of serious law. it has to be made painful now. >> meanwhile, senator, a recent poll shows more than half the people in this country no longer support the war if afghanistan. they want the troops out. are you concerned that these leaks will further erode any public support for this war? >> i'm afraid from what little i've heard, that may be the purpose of these leaks, but the
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fact remains that afghanistan is critical to our national security. if we allow the taliban and al qaeda to come back in and take over afghanistan, as they did prior to 9/11, then they will have a training ground to launch more attacks, like 9/11. we are there in afghanistan to protect our allies, but most importantly, to protect our own national security here at home. we've lost 1,000 men and women in afghanistan. we made too many sacrifices to turn back now. >> all right, senator -- >> because we need to proceed and succeed. >> senator, i'm going to leave it at that. thank you very much. it is 7:10. now matt. to the fate of bp's embattled ceo tony hayward. he will step down on october 1st and be replaced by an american robert
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michelle kaczynski. >> reporter: tony hayward has been with the company 30 years, after three terrible months of the oil spill, costing the company some $30 billion in the end, he will be reassigned. saying in a statement he'll always feel a deep responsibility regardless of where the blame is ultimately found to lie. on the bayou, fishermen head back to work, not fishing but cleaning up oil on the bp payroll and opening reacting to the tony hayward's ouster. >> now he get his life back. >> every time he opens his mouth he shoves both feet in it. >> reporter: they know the loss of livelihood, working under the
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hot sun. >> i wish him well in his retirement. i hope he'll donate some of that money to the gulf coast. >> reporter: now he's expected to take a position on the bothered of bp's russian joint venture with pension and severance reportedly worth up to $18 million. tough to hear for those toiling now for bp but unsure what next. >> i want to hear about rotations because that just softly saying i'm about to be laid off? >> reporter: ago in london, bp's chairman sat down with cnbc. >> tony hayward has done a great job for the company through almost 30 years. he's almost landed an unprecedented response in the gulf of mexico, but it became obvious to him and to us that in order to rebuild that position, in order to rebuild our brand and reputation, we needed fresh leadership and that's why we're doing the change. >> reporter: and a mile under water, progress.
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right now the well is being readied for a static kill attempt as early as monday. the final bottom kill, expected several days after that. on the surface, there is less work to do with less oil out there to skim. however, that great clear view from above isn't necessarily with those on the front lines like fisherman brian scherrman is sighing. >> as we're chasing birds we're kicking up oil and dispersantdi. we see dead birds. it's only going to get worse. >> reporter: officials say just because you don't see oil in a particular place doesn't mean it's not there. there's a lot of oil unaccounted for. it's under the surface, in hundreds of thousands of smaller patches and sheen that can't easily be skimmed and it will continue to impact shorelines for at least another month. >> michelle kosinski for us in
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venice, louisiana. ann kir ann curry at the ne >> we begin with breaking news that lufthansa airline has crashed in saudi arabia. it was involved at the international airport in the saudi captain of riyadh. it crashed, broke if half, injuring both pilots. no other immediate word of other casualties. a dramatic show of force today as the united states and south korean war ships conducted live fire maneuvers off the north korean peninsula. no sign so far that north korea is preparing the military response it threatened. today both koreas mark the 57th anniversary of the troops that ended the fighting in korean war. a tornado struck a ranch monday night in the far east northern corner of montana and officials say two people were killed and a third is in the hospital. it also brought golf ball size hail that destroyed crops. it now appears alcohol
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played a role in the crash in fresno, california. the california highway patrol says an autopsy has revealed that an 18-year-old driver was under the from you when she flipped her suv and was hit by a greyhound bus. after protests by outraged residents and national attention, city council members in the small blue-collar town of bell, california, voted last night to slash their own salaries by 90%. four council members were making $100,000 in their part-time positions and the city manager made nearly $800,000 a year has already resigned. and the tampa bay rays pitcher matt garza is the toast of his team after pitching a no-hitter to beat the detroit tigers 5-0. it is the fifth no-hitter in the big leagues this year. something that has hasn't in two decades. something in the
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>> good morning. it is a nice, quiet start in baltimore, with temperatures in the 60s and low 70's. mostly sunny skies expected. the humidity may go up a little bit but not bad.
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bu and that's your latest weather. meredith? >> thank you very much new officials in arizona have issued a public apology to the families involved in a tragic medical mixup after the survivor of an accident was mistakenly identified as the girl who died. kristin welker with more. >> reporter: good morning. abby guerra is fighting for her life, undergone multiple surgeries and her family is holding a constant vigil by her bedside as authorities have begun to speak out about how they could have possibly confused guerra with her very best friend, marlena cantu. >> it's a mistake. >> reporter: arizona officials made a public apology to the families. a week ago marlena cantu and her
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best friend abby guerra were in a car accident while driving with three other friends from disneyland in, california, back to their hometown outside phoenix. somehow medical and emergency crews confused the girls' identity, a mistake that was not cleared up for nearly a week. >> i would like to take this opportunity on behalf of arizona department of public safety to offer our collective sincere apologies. >> reporter: officials say right after the accident they spent five hours trying to determine the girls' identity. hospital officials added it was a trauma situation and it was not easy to identify guerra because she was badly injured. >> we interviewed family members that evening and asked for any discernible visual information that could help us make that positive identification. from the information that was provided us on that evening, we believed the patient was marlena cantu. >> reporter: complicating
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matters, the county medical examiner says there was a backlog of cases so the autopsy on what turned out to be cantu's body was delayed for five days after the crash. it was during the autopsy that cantu was identified with dental records. her family, who thought she was alive, heartbroken. >> i'm going to miss my daughter, you know. and, you know, she's still with me, you know, just matter of -- you know, it's going to be hard. very hard. >> reporter: marlena cantu's father and his partner were devastated at the news. after monday's apology, he says they gave the hospital enough information about physical markings on each woman that they should not have confused the two. >> i know the family wants answers. they don't want this to happen again because it shouldn't have happened in the first place. >> reporter: as cantu's family prepares to say good-bye, abby guerra's family is now holding vigil by her hospital bedside. the 19-year-old was a standout
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on her soccer team at the u university of evansville and an apiring nurse. >> she was outgoing, caring. she was very driven on the field and wanted to do a good job in academics as well. >> reporter: loved ones struggle to get through this and wrestle with lingering questions. how could the mixup have happened and why did it take so long to fix? marlena cantu's family is in the process of planning her funeral. in the meantime, officials at st. joseph's hospital say they are working to take steps to make sure this never happens again. >> thank you very much. and just ahead, are police close to making an arrest in the case of kyron horman? his stepmother's friend is called before a grand jury.
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southbound 95, 27 miles per hour. once you get on to the north side, tapping the breaks just a little bit from harford towards providence. 29 on the west side. that stretches all the way down to edmondson. that will back up traffic on southbound 795 shortly. ritchie highway and auto road, 1 lane blocked in each direction. the heaviest spots on southbound 95 and outer loop west side. let's give you a quick lifelike outside at old court. jammed conditions all the way down on the ramp from 795. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> off to a nice, quiet start, weather-wise. very comfortable out there. temperatures in the mid-50's and the northern suburbs.
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69 degrees at the airport. mostly sunny, a few high, thin clouds out there. high temperatures in the upper 80s to around 90. warmer and more humid tomorrow. we will make it into the low 90s. a chance for more thunderstorms wednesday night and thursday. after that, smooth sailing going into the weekend. sunshine, and temperatures in the mid-to-upper-80's. >> check the bottom of your screen for updated news. back at 7:55 with another live
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7:30 now on a tuesday morning, the 27th of july, 2010. another beautiful morning here in the northeast. sun is shining. lower humidity. although, al says that's about to change. we'll get out to say hi to these people in a couple minutes. meanwhile, inside the studio, i'm matt lauer alongside meredith vieira. next up, motivational speaker, helping you tap into your inner self but if you owe more on your
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home than it's worth, that may be easier said than done. we'll talk about his new reality show. also ahead, brace yourself because i am entering the 21st century. until recently i thought a blu-ray was something you in your dentist office. >> did they shoot that in your office? >> yes. >> i'm amazed you found your office. >> i like to hang out here, in the studio. >> we just thawed out from vancouver but the 2012 summer olympics are now exactly two years away. we'll find out what the city of london is doing to make sure it's ready to host the world. we begin this half hour with new details in the kyron horman case and the grand jury investigating the 7-year-old's mysterious disappearance. miguel is in portland with the
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latest. >> reporter: good morning. the grand jury hearing is closed to the media and public but it's clearly an avenue for investigators to pick up new information, information that could come from a close friend of kyron horman's stepmother. >> were you subpoenaed to testify? >> reporter: dede spicher didn't answer questions, called by a grand jury connected to the disappearance of 7-year-old kyron horman. spicher is close friends with kyron horman's stepmother, terri horman and investigators want to know what type of information the two women shared after the 7-year-old was reported missing june 4th, spicher temporarily moved in with terri. >> they want to know her timeline, where she was on the 4th, june 4th. they want to know any number of things. she's been cooperative. >> reporter: spicher is one of three friends of terri's whose homes were searched by police last week. after the search, spicher was publicly called out by kyron's biological parents in a written
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statement for, quote, refusing to cooperate with law enforcement. but spicher's attorney says she shared e-mails and text messages sent to and from terri horman with detectives. >> she's getting asked questions. she's getting treated, frankly, like a suspect when she's not. >> reporter: and her lawyer tells us she was gardening the day kyron left home and never left home. >> i would be frankly surprised if terri horman did not eventually face charges in this case. i would just be very surprised if an indictment didn't come down. >> reporter: in court, terri's lawyer has called the speculations surrounding his client a witch hunt. but his counsel has not come cheap. in court documents filed monday, kaine horman wanted to know how his estranged wife, a homemaker was paying an estimated $350,000 in legal bills. >> that's a serious amount of
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money. now, the source of the money may provide another investigative lead to the police and prosecution as they pursue the rule of, follow the money. >> reporter: never named a suspect, the sheriff's department has said terri horman has been cooperative while, quote, other times she has not. kyron's parents, however, have blamed her directly for their son's disappearance. >> i would hope that someone who's a mother wouldn't be able to do something like that, but when i look in her eyes, i'm not confident she wouldn't do something. >> reporter: a case full of twists and turns and one now proceeding before a grand jury. dede spicher's attorney says the grand jury had no questions for her in court on monday. he says she'll likely be called to testify in the future and that she will fully cooperate. >> thank you very much. bruce mccain is an attorney and former captain of the mu
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multnomah sheriff's department. spicher's attorney says she did not have any questions yoed but she may have more questions next week. why is he had waiting until next week? >> this is presenting a much different perspective on dede spicher herself. the grand yir, impanelled for a full month and can be extended, is just getting their ducks lined up. with spicher in particular there is some possibility she may have some criminal culpability. i would not be surprised if her lawyer is not working out an arrangement for the district attorney for some sort of impunity. under oregon law they can make her testify but also grand her
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impunity. you heard she's coming back in the future. all the news about an imminent rest is premature but inevitable is is a better word. >> do authorities believe she is involved with kyron's disappearance? >> that's only coming through the hormans, she allege dede was not cooperating with the authorities and urging other people to do likewise. her attorney is saying that's not true. ultimately we'll find out perhaps at trial. grand jury proceeding are secret. hopefully dede will voluntarily cooperate. she'll probably ask for an immunity deal before she testifies. >> kyron's father, these are his word, police gave him probable cause to believe that his wife is involved in kyron's disappearance. do they have enough probable cause to arrest her? >> they probably do. >> why aren't they arresting
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her? >> to obtain search warrants and indictments does not always translate to a case to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. i don't believe they'll take this case until they have a case they can take to trial and secure a quick or guilty plea. they're building up the case to make it as absolutely as trong as possible. time is on their side. and the grand jury process will work it's way through to an inevitable indictment. >> there's also this murder-for-hire investigation shortly after kyron disappeared it was reported that terri horman tried to get someone to kill her husband six months earlier. is it possible that authorities could arrest her on that just to hold her while they continue to investigate kyron's disappearance? >> absolutely, meredith. in fact, that may be what they're actually looking at here. that's very, very important because the alleged murder-for-hire plot allegedly occurred is six or seven months before kyron disappeared. in criminal law that's a separate criminal episode.
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they could pursue that class a felony against terri horman and not jeopardize the kyron horman case. >> thank you for your perspective this morning. >> thank you, meredith. now let's get a check of the weather from al. >> announcer: "today's" weather is brought to you by daisy sour cream. a dollop of daisy makes recipes naturally delicious. >> good morning. these folks came to me from missouri by boat. what are your names? >> fred and sue. >> how did you get here from missouri? >> boated up the st. louis up the east coast. >> how long did that take? >> five months. >> thanks for coming. we appreciate that. let's check your weather. we'll show you afternoon temps. 70s in new england. the rest of the country on the toasty side. plenty of sunshine, though, associated with that. we have sunny skies along the
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pacific northwest. temperatures in the low 80s. showers in the southwest. risk of strong storms along >> we are off to a nice, quiet start this tuesday did you want to go up a little bit this afternoon, but not a bad day. boy, i wish i had me one of those -- wally, got my hat. meredith? >> thank you. and just ahead, a new recommendation that will not sit well with a lot of parents. why kid with head lice are being told to go to school. up next, inspirational
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lives around. good to see you. welcome back. >> thank you very much. >> i want to talk about some other things. you were last here in october of 2008. the country was in the midst of the economic meltdown. you said something interesting to me at the time. you said, there are seasons in life. we are in the midst of a particularly bad season. two years later, what kind of season are we in, in your opinion? >> i think we're still in winter. winter can have sunny days. the stock market is up right for you. i think the jobless recovery, the economy is driven 70% by spending, and you have 8.5 million people without jobs, people that make $150,000 a year, 3% unemployment. people that are middle income, 9%, about the average. people in the bottom 20%, it's 30% unemployment. >> when you say we're still in winter, i mean, it's not like we're looking at a horrible time in front of us or a great time. it's more of an uncertain time. and i think sometimes uncertainty can be harder to deal with than when someone presents a problems and put it right in front of your face.
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>> a lot of time, people want a label for their problem so they know what it is. you're absolutely right. we love to have certainty, even if it's a painful one. i don't think winter is bad. winter is when we get stronger. we have had an easy approach. you know, you look around at people that grew up in a different generation. we talked about other people that grew up in 1910. by the time they were 19, it was 1929, they had to deal with the stock market crash. they lived through ten year of pain. 1939, they're going to war. i think the tough times we're going to go for, and most americans know it's coming, we need to get strong for that process as opposed to waiting and saying, this is being done to us and give up. >> a lot of people in the gulf coast region who have been so negatively impacted by the oil spill. family businesses, businesses that are been in families for generations, that have been wiped out. you have people who have been doing one yob for their entire life and now they are told they have to do something else. how do you tell people to deal with the unknown in that regard? glue can't tell people. you have to give them the experience, give them the
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experience of saying, here's your alternative. last time i was on your show, we had a young man that went to iraq, came back without a problem, jumped in a lake in florida and lost his arm, if you recall. i was interviewing hill. if you interview people bo have turned around an unbelievable tragedy, they decided, i am not going to suffer. there may be someone to blame, it's not going to change my life. i say to people, have you to do three things. first, you have to get to the point where you don't lie to yourself. you don't make it worse than it is. denial is one thing, pretending it's happy and wonderful. that doesn't work either. most people say, i'm three generations, i can't do anything else. well, it's painful, bp's got to take care of what's going on, you have to go through the legal process but in the meantime you have a life. you might have to move, retool, you can do something else. you have to deal with the truth and deal with the cards you're dealt otherwise it's pure pain. otherwise, you have to have a vig for what you're going after. you need a role model. see somebody who's done it so
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it's not fake to you. someone who made it through the suffering. they retooled. life is better. life is a tendency to jar us when we're not growing. on the other side, our life can be greater. >> you've dealt with all kinds of people, from celebrities, politicians, ceos. one of the people you worked with in the past was bill clinton. >> yes. >> president of the united states. has he come to you and asked you how to get through the emotional strain of his daughter's wedding this coming weekend? >> no, he has not. >> what advice would you give him? >> i got the call saying, they may be impeaching me. i said -- >> how did you handle that call? >> i said, could you have called me sooner? >> don't let it get to this point. let's talk about your new show "breakthrough with tony robins." you've been approached to do a lot of reality shows. why this one? >> 15 years of officers, turned them all down. first of all, time. they all melted down to voting
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someone off the island. i thought about doing a show but i thought we need role models, good people who have been through hell and life seems to have crushed them, but showing them getting a second chance and turning your life around in less than 30 days. >> frank and kristin, in the episode that is shown, a good example of that. tell me about them. >> imagine going to your wedding. you're young, excited, you go to mexico, bring your family and friends. and then right afterwards you go to celebrate by jumping in the swimming pool and the groom jumps in, doesn't see a cement step, hit it, cracks his neck and becomes a quadriplegic instantly. >> that's a wedding. >> at the wedding. a year later i find them in their house. they can't leave. wife can't have children. he can't feel her touching him. she's angry, sad, depressed. he feels guilty. i need to help them rewrite their life. you imagine losing your arms and legs, your mobility. what's a problem is always relative. if this man can change his life
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in 30 dashgys, i mean, totally transform this. people see a pathway to change and they go, i have no problems. >> without giving anything away, you present a challenge to this family and the way they handle it is part of the show. >> that's correct. >> good to have you here. >> nice to have me back. >> nice here on nbc. "break through with tony robbins" premieres here tone. london 2012, how the city is preparing to welcome the world. to keep in balance after 50, i switched to a complete multivitamin with more. only one a day women's 50+ advantage
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today marks two years to the start of the 2012 summer olympics. martin is in london with the countdown is well under way. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. behind me it's all happening. this is the main stadium. it's like a giant jigsaw puzzle. all the pieces being built and put together. everyones olympic park, way ahead of schedule. after all, london is the only
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city to host the games three times. they called it the greatest show on earth, beijing's olympics two year ago. next up, london. for london's mayor boris onsjohn with two years to go today, the perennial question? >> yes, it's almost a year early. the smart thing would be for us to hold a snap olympics and wrack up some medals. >> reporter: stafford in east long done was one of the capital's poorest areas. now the biggest construction site in europe. as for the opening ceremony, it's no competition with beijing. the ceremony's director danny boyle, won an oscar for directing "slum dog millionaire". >> spectacular but in different kinds of way. >> reporter: as in london's last
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olympics in 1948, there's a reseg. the government is looking for huge spending cut. the olympics cost $14 billion, three times the original budget. one iconic buildings will be funded with private money. fb of course, londoners are always concerned about one thing, the rain. billy sheen has been a london cabbie for 40 years. >> i think london is a great city. we can put on a great show. we always have done. >> reporter: it's too early to know which athletes will make it to the olympics, but sportsman like aspiriner michael phelps i, going for all-time medals record. the first cyclist will check out the new veli dream and spencer will run on the new track,.
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london will host a superb olympics. >> you hear that music and you get all excited. >> the memories, the anticipation. >> remember vancouver, getting up at 1:00 in the morning? >> oh, yeah. >> i'm sleeping in, baby. >> it's the afternoon show. >> that's right. >> we're going to have a nice dinner and drink. oh, tea, right. i was thinking something else. >>, yeah long island iced tea. just ahead, can anyone teach meredith to use an ipod and upload digital photos? frankly, the idea of owning a minivan
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. there is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> looking at several problems out there. we have problems out of 95 in the northeast. 11 miles per hour, partly due to accident. want to talk about pulaski highway, fire department activity. north side, a slow go there. ponca and o'donnell, accident scene.
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if you're traveling and the city, we of the water main break to deal with. outer loop, that elected to news out of 795 towards edmondson. if you are going to travel on eastbound 140 at pleasant valley, we have an accident there in the westminster region. southbound route 3 at crain highway and capital raceway wrote, hearing of a vehicle fire there. you can see what conditions look like on the west side outer loop at old court voids edmondson. tydings tomorrow, right lane closed. now we go to todd heap. -- now we go to tony. >> upper 60s and lows of it is right now. 75 at the airport. 72 degrees sudbrook call. -- 72 degrees at our call.
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high temperatures and the upper 80s to around 90 this afternoon to work tomorrow, low 90s. a chance for thunderstorms wednesday night and thursday. >> souder, it is going to be a long week for you.
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♪ he's like a curse like a drug ♪ n you'll get addicted to his love ♪ 8:00 on this tuesday morning, july 27, 2010. we've got a bumper crop of smiles lining rockefeller plaza. they might want to come back on friday when the newlywed queen of country carrie underwood steps onto our summer concert stage. we look forward to that. with matt lauer and al roker. you have a topic upsetting to a lot of parent. >> it has a high ick factor.
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talking about lice, head lice, most schools have a no-lice policy. in other words, if your child has them, your child is not supposed to go to school. they go to school, a notice is sent home to other parents warning them other kids have been exposed. a well respected organization, the american academy of pediatrics is recommending it's okay for kids to go to school even if they have head lice. we're going to get into that topic in a couple -- >> have your kids had lice? >> no. they've been exposed. we've gotten the notice from school. coming up, you know i'm technically challenged, to say the least, not much longer because i did get a total tech makeover. i know the difference between uploads and ipods. i'm going to show you what i learned coming up. i think you're going to be surprised. >> are you self-sufficient or do you need someone to guide you through the process? >> i have cheat sheets. >> that's okay. >> the more you do, the better you go. >> exactly. of course, all the kids fell in love with imhim in "high school musical" and the fabulous
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"hairpray", now zac efron is taking on a serious role. he'll be here talking about his new movie. >> lot to get to. >> ann curry at the news desk. >> good morning once again. a pentagon official tells nbc news that an ongoing reviewing of the leak of more than 90,000 classified afghanistan war document has so far found no evidence that the disclosures have hurt u.s. national security or american troops. there is considerable speculation, however, that the document were provided to the whist whistle-blowing website wikileaks, bradley panning, who was arrested last month after he showed a military surveillance video. one of the two missing sailors missing in afghanistan, his body has been recovered and his family has been informed. the father of two sons was due
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to return to the united states in august. search for the other sailor is still under way. bp's controversial ceo tony hayward is officially resigning. the company confirms he will step down in october and that the ceo job will, for the first time, be held by an american, robert dudley. hayward said today bp is a changed company and it should embark on its new phase under new leadership. bp also reported today it lost a record $17 billion in the second quarter and that it will set aside $32 billion to pay for the gulf oil spill. now here's nbc's brian williams with what's coming up tonight on nbc fightly news. >> good morning. apologies in advance. i don't want to scare away any summer tourists from new york but don't we have an unpleasant topic to tell you about on "nightly fews", an epidemic in new york city. the problem is is they don't
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just stay in new york. everybody should look for them and how to fight them. we'll do the story along with all the other day's news. we'll look for you on "nightly news". >> thank you so much. cable guys in orbit. two russian cosmonauts stepped outside the international space station to replace the cameras and string cables for a new laboratory that arrived in may. four minutes past 8:00. now let's go back outside to meredith and matt. >> it's quite a day on nbc, head lice and bed bugs and bears, oh my. >> itchy, itchy. >> but they get tv in the bathroom up in the international space station, running cable for the new bathroom. hey, 13th birthday. what's your name? >> sara. >> a brand new teenager. congratulations. where are you from? >> wisconsin. >> mom and dad? >> yep. >> look out. she's a good girl. let's check your weather. show you san jose. do you know the way? well, you watch nbc bay area and you got your morning clouds and
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77 degrees. and as we look on the satellite, you can see some showers through the southeast. looking at strong storms working their way across the plains today where there's a risk of storms. wet weather in the southwest. beautiful in the pacific northwest. the temperatures in the 80s. cooler in los angeles than in seattle. breezy and sunny in northern new england. and we have a birthday. who's 1st birthday? what's your name? >> jasmine. >> what a pretty girl. team roker. >> we are off to a nice, comfortable start this tuesday morning. mostly sunny skies. if you high, thin clouds of doubt, but generally sunny.
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quitting sucks. nicorette makes it suck less, doubling your chance of success. we're back at 8:09. on "today's health," lice. a new report from american academy of pediatrics, kids should not be forced to miss school because of lice. here's nbc's chief science correspondent robert. >> i'll do a screening -- >> reporter: linda strand, a nurse, does a task most parent dread, a nit-picker. she removes the nits, the eggs of head lice from children's hair at her practice called bugs be gone. she says new parents never fail to be horrified the first time they find their children have a case of head lice. >> shocked. they're always hocked. >> reporter: generation after generation, they're shocked, right? >> that's right. everybody looks like it's the worst thing, the plague, but 1 in 4 children will have head
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lice during their lifetime. >> reporter: head lice are transmitted among young children more frequently than any problem except for the common cold. they almost never cause complication beyond itching and the squeamishness parents feel. that is why the american academy of pediatrics has reaffirmed it's policy against schools having no nits rules, keeping kids home as long as there's a trace in their hair. lice have a three stage lifestyle, all very tiny. >> lice is a year-round problem. >> reporter: and as the lice become increasingly resistant to chemicals to treat them, nitpicking off remains the only way to get rid of them. the academy of pediatrics says kid get infected through very close contact, like sharing a pillow at a sleepover and keeping them out of schools or camps deprives the kids of too
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much time. >> i'm going to put my special glasses on to make pie eyes look bigger. >> reporter: she brought her 2-year-old to the nit-picker because she was scratching. >> to eggs. no bugs. >> reporter: mom was tlilhrilleo find no head lice. but she could get them some day, with pediatricians insisting the school policies won't do much to prevent it. for "today," nbc news, short hills, new jersey. >> dr. lavigne is spokesperson for american academy of pediatric, and dr. fanpeed. good morning. i don't know, how do you feel about this policy? >> i was surprised. there's going to be a lot of push back. scientifically it makes perfect sense. by the time you find a nit, it's
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probably been there for a month. the reality is taking perfectly healthy kids out of a learning environment. since head lice don't transmit any disease at all, it probably has been an overreaction to the icky part of it. >> i get not missing school. but if they can be spread not only by head of a pillow type thing but close proximity, wouldn't we want to err on the side of caution. >> they've been there for longer than you see them, so they're already jumping from one head to another. >> and it does cause a lot of anxiety for parent but as dr. snyderman said, it doesn't cause disease in children. so you just need to treat them and they'll be lice-free. >> if you're the parent of a child that doesn't have head lice and you find out another child is going to school with head lice, and then they're on your child and in your home -- >> not necessarily. it means others hasn't been found yet.
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that's the craziness of it all. so, not sharing combs, not sharing the same nit caps, having your own pillows, those same things even in a crowded environment will cut down. >> if a child gets the nits and the larva and then the lice, how long from start to finish, if you treat it, before you can take care of it once and for all? >> i recommend treating with an over-the-counter shampoo on day of diagnosis and doing a comb outafterwards. you really wanted to concentrate on the nits close to the scalp, within one centimeter of the scalp and trying to remove all the live lice you can see. then you want to wait nine days and retreat again. and recomb again. and at that point, you really should have a clear head. >> if you -- is there something you treat the hair with, that spoom poo y shampoo, does it make it less likely that child can be reinfested or -- >> no, there's nothing -- >> it's not like wearing a flea
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and tick collar for your kid. >> novel idea. >> if you're talking nine days, that's one of the -- >> it's not going to prevent you from getting rid of it next year. it takes care of this infestation. >> exactly. >> so, is there any other way that a parent can have some ability to lessen the rick fsk your child? >> teach your children not to share brushes, helmets, hats, limit that close contact. lice don't jump, but crawl. >> that was the old wives tale. >> they don't jump from one head to another but they may crawl from one head to another. in day care centers you want separate areas. this is nonracial, nonsocioeconomics. there are kids from the toniest homes dealing with this. following the instructions,
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with the help of a patient instructor and support of my coworker, i set out to learn a few new tricks. >> reporter: every day on the plaza we are surrounded by the greatest fans. they come here to preserve and savor the moment, using technology i can only dream of mastering. >> meredith, welcome to the 21st century. >> i'm not a gadget person to begin with. >> this is an iphone. this is an ipad. >> it's hard for me to figure that stuff out. my brain doesn't work out that way. >> this is a computer. this is a remote control. these are all things that we use now. >> i've rebelled against this stuff for years. >> meredith, you have to get hip to the program. you're still using that 16-millimeter film cameras for your home movies. >> i like home movies. >> it's the flip camera up. turn, you point, you download, you got it. you're done. you're still processing. get about the program. >> people like matt lauer thinks
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it's easy, then it must be easy. >> meredith, this is an ipod, okay? >> i have no idea how you download music. >> put down the eight-track tape player. >> hoda said i need to get rid of my eight-track? that's very nice ♪ word up >> what is she listening to on that ipod. sfchlt to stop and stare ♪ f do your dance do your dance ♪ >> yeah, exactly, filth. >> meredith, you're going to love this. >> it's not that i've never used a digital camera. >> you can do it. i have faith in you. >> but once the picture's trapped in the camera, i don't know what to do with that. >> oh, it's the sheep farm. >> al made a bock for me when we came back from ireland. this is one of the times i thought, i wish i could. i wish i knew more about technology. >> i decided to take the techto plunge and i meat are heather
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c c c cabbot. >> i have cheat sheets. >> i thought a connection with a usb cord was a good connection to make. heather had me create a folder to place my pictures in. >> right click on mouse and click on folder. you can title it whatever you want. >> reporter: by clicking and dragging, pie pics made the leap from my camera to a computer. >> click on the picture you want and drag it into your family photo. >> i'll click on matt. >> there you go. >> great. >> next lesson, scanning a print. >> i love this picture. my kids when they were much younger. >> so cute. go to start menu. >> don't talk too fast. click on start, go to -- don't say a word. >> you're going to hit scan. >> because it says the word scan. that's good. now i want to drag them into my folder. >> make it a little smaller. all the way down. the middle one. oops. >> what did i do? >> we're going to drag it into that folder again.
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>> don't say, don't say, don't say. >> doesn't that look great? >> that's great. >> she showed me a photo website called snapfish which i could use to make a book once my images were scanned and uploaded. >> you're doing it. >> this one i like. >> but before finishing a book, a managed to flip. >> red is record. >> green is stop. >> who is your favorite anchor on the "today" show? >> did you know that it was on? maybe you started it and didn't realize it was on. >> no, i was purposely -- >> doing it upside down? >> was it upside down if? >> reporter: and even get acquainted with my ipod. >> harold king and james taylor i want on my ipod. i go to my itunes. >> reporter: and in no time -- >> yes, i would. >> reporter: -- i was hooked.
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>> we've got our music. ♪ but it's too late >> reporter: maybe it wasn't too late for me after all. ♪ ♪ see the earth move under my feet ♪ >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. ♪ >> okay, we didn't have to include that if the piece. yahoo! weblife editor heather. >> that was so fun. >> scale of one to ten? >> in terms of effort, definitely a ten. she wanted to do this. she wanted -- >> i mean, you came in a little intimidated, i think. so i would say maybe confidentwise, you were like a two or three because you didn't are the confidence. >> a lot of people are like that. >> that's why we have the cheat sheets that will be on the website because, as you said, it's important to do it over and over. >> because i've already forgotten some of the stuff.
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>> i want to show you what you made. because you really did great. we actually took all those images we scanned and transferred from your -- the camera into a book. because you said you wanted to make one. and we did do that. there's video of us doing this together. meredith did this herself. >> how long did it take in. >> i don't know. half an hour. >> that's not bad. >> the big thing was going through the pictures. >> the hardest thing was picking them out. >> as we said, you could have gone on and on because there some choices. >> once you start, i didn't want to stop. >> that's lovely. >> that's a great offshoot. >> isn't that nice? >> we used snapfish but there are other companies, shutterfly, you were sayi ining iphoto. >> this is when i like technology, when you can hold something tangible. >> so many people think they're going to screw something up, like erase their family pictures. it's hard to make a huge mistake. >> right. you have to go into it knowing
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you're not going to break the computer. that's the main thing. aside from throwing it against the wall, you're not going to -- >> this is what's on my ipod right now. you can teach an old dog new >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am lisa robinson. let's check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> it still dealing with a handful of problems. westbound pulaski highway, fire department activity. closures and delays expected there. southbound 95 is the late trade 25 miles per hour towards the split. we are down to 25 per hour on the outer loop west side. inner loop of backing up past
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greenspring towards the j.f.x. southbound 795, a bit of a delay towards owings mills. if you are traveling in westminster, watch for an accident wrapping up there. further south, this has been there all morning. ritchie highway and auto road, watch for delays there. that should be cleared shortly, though. old court, standard volume- related delays on the west side. we will switch over to a live view of traffic. 29 at 108, north and southbound, delay-free, at least in this spot. kelly has a check on the forecast. >> things are quiet on this tuesday morning. a very comfortable. humidity in the lower range. upper 60s and low 70's. 65 in taneytown, 75 at the airport. same neighborhood as we were yesterday afternoon. upper 80s to around 90. mostly sunny. a few high, thin clouds. generally sunny.
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8:30 now on a tuesday morning, 27th day of july, 2010. picture perfect day in the northeast. we have a great cloud on the plaza. they're saying hi to zac efron, former "high school musical"
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star, making a new movie "charlie st. loudcloud" and we' talk to him in a little while. matt lauer along with meredith vieira, ann curry and al roker. what do you have coming up? >> a scary fact. 25% of all americans have credit scores below 600. what can you do right now to improve yours? five helpful hint that you can do now. >> also coming up, martha stewart's in the house. we don't always want to bake in the summer, right? in the summer heat. martha will show us some yummy desserts that will not have us in the kitchen. >> 25 years ago, they discovered the wreck of the titanic. now, less than half of that wreck has been mapped and checked out. starting on august 18th, that all changes. a team of of he researchers from all over the world will head back to the titanic using the layest technology, high-definition, 3 -d video,
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they'll map the entire wreck site. nbc will be partners, reporting all the major discoveries to come. and we'll report on this program and all other nbc programs to keep you posted. >> we don't go to go down? don't we want to go and look at it? >> we were going to talk to you about that. >> what are you doing next week? >> it would be cool. >> you've been down in a sub, so -- >> yeah, right. it would be cool. i would recommend it. >> you guys should do it. >> let's all do it. >> a "today" show trip, a week on the titanic. >> yeah. >> some would say we've already done that. >> the difference between us and titanic? we have concerts. thank you very much. >> a check of the weather, mr. roker. >> we're here till thursday. let's check it out. we are beautiful weather in the northeast. risk of strong storms in the upper mississippi river valley. rain in the southwest. showers in the gulf coast. for tomorrow, we continue the heat in the western third of the country. risk of strong storms, mid-mississippi, upper ohio rif
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valleys. rain in interior >> we are off to a nice, quiet start this tuesday did you want to go up a little bit this afternoon, but not a bad day. that's your latest weather. when you need to check the weather any time of the day or night, go to the weather channel or cable or the new and improved online. when we come back, more good information. no baked summer treats courtesy of martha stewart. we'll talk about those. first this is "today" on nbc.
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this morning on "martha on today" no-bake desserts. on a hot summer day, last thing you want to do is turn on the oven, on martha has cool summer desserts sure to cool and can be found in the august issue of "martha stewart living." nobody want to heat up the kitchen in summer. >> i have been doing a baking show for the last three weeks. it's been so hot and humid and horrible. and then we had tornadoes. and these desserts -- >> that's right. did you lose a lot of trees? >> hundred. but these are fabulous desserts. this is the greatest alternative to turning on the oven. you have to do a little cooking on top of the stove, but who cares. >> that's not bad. we'll start with an ice box cake. what's the definition?
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>> an ice box cake, everything is done ahead of time. you put it in the ice box instead of the oven. it solidifies. look at this fabulous thing. >> that's what it's going to look like at the end? >> yes. you're going to slice it -- >> all kind of layers. what ingredients do we need. >> you need cream, egg yolks, a pinch of salt. this is heated. >> how long did you cook that? >> until it's thick. you pour that over -- >> why the strainer? >> well, because, look. look at those glops in there. you don't want those glops in your custard. you're making kind of a ganosh. 15 ounces of milk chocolate melts and you're left with this beautiful custardy chocolate which will solidify. we layer that. you put one layer in here, now your bananas and graham
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crackers. this way. >> okay. sorry. afterwards, you put it in the refrigerator? >> yes, until it is solid like this. and you have a delectable layered dessert -- >> you have a heart attack, don't you? >> no. >> the kid can get involved with the layering with the graham crackers and bananas. >> mine is the mixed berry grunt. >> this is cooked on top of the stove rather than a brown betty or -- >> it's not a cobbler. >> it's like a sob ler but cookcoo -- cobbler. >> mixture of blueberries, raspberries -- >> a little brown sugar. >> vanilla bean, pinch of salt and cooked down into a nice, thick, beautiful mix like that. then you mix up the dough. >> what's in the dough? >> a little flour, two
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tablespoons of brown sugar, half a tea poon of baking soda. a pinch of salt. >> pinch of salt. >> and a grating of nutneglemeg. i love freshly grated nutmeg. >> i never freshly grate -- >> you should. smell that. isn't that gray? then butter. two tablespoons of unsalted butter. use your fingers. >> you can't cook with all this stuff. take that. >> just your fingertips. >> just my fingertips? >> you're going to eat this. nobody else is. >> then what? >> break that in. you're making your biscuits. >> go like this. >> show her. >> then i'm going to pour in the butter milk. >> ah. okay. >> i wanted you to make a mess. no, no, no, mix that all up. now you can scrape off your
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fingers and that's your dough. >> oh, like a dough. >> the like a drop biscuit. you take a drop and drop it right in. drops all over the place. >> it never looks the same when you do it. >> but, look, this is what it turns out to be. after 15 minutes that biscuit -- >> that cooks like that on the top of the stove? >> isn't that great. >> and that's a grunt. you take a spoon. you can use your fingers. >> i'm asking questions they might want to know at home. do you want this on your face? >> no. >> you know i'll do it. we wanted to render meredith useless. we did it. don't put that in there. >> i won't. >> don't put that in there. i'm sorry. >> what else have you brought? >> a cherry cheesecake, no-bake cheesecake and the delicious. all the re peas are simple. no-bake fudge brownies. fabulous chocolate and coconut
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and crackers that you break up. >> can i just ask a question? is this one of the days with all of these things are going to your show and we can't touch them? >> no, they're all staying here. >> one time you got mad at me and i dug into something and -- >> me? i never got mad at you. >> yes, you did. >> i've gotten mad at meredith but never gotten mad at you. >> i don't know. >> how is that? is that good? >> peach melba. >> you cook a few peaches, make this fant fantastic peach -- >> that is good. >> don't you want to taste what you made? the slump. this is a grunt. try that. >> the trick is, it's the summer, nobody wants the stove on -- or the oven on. >> try that biscuit. >> i can eat that nonstop. >> isn't that good? it tastes good, right?
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>> it tastes good. >> it's fantastic. if you could only get us like a no-cook meat loaf, that would be good, too. >> steak tartar. >> martha, thanks very much. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. >> it's so nice. up next, five ways to improve your credit score. [ male announcer ] achin' for steak & bacon?
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try the subway steak & bacon melt. tender juicy steak, sizzlin' hot bacon,
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fresh veggies on a blanket of bubbly cheese on freshly baked bread. and when morning rolls around, the new steak and bacon muffin melt with fluffy egg, melted cheese, and, oh yeah, bacon. all on a fresh toasted english muffin. mmm. guess we should leave you lovebirds alone now. crank up the flavor at subway. we're back at 8:44 this morning on "today's money," five ways to impact your credit score. it affects all portions of your life, even whether or not you might get a job. more than 43 million americans have credit scores below 600. jean chat zky is editor.
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>> only 15% of americans have credit scores in that very low range. now it's about 5%. that's very disturbing. >> is the obvious reason for that the economy? people are going through tough times and falling behind on their bills? >> it's two things. the fact we borrowed so much when credit was so loose, then unemployment spiked up and they can't pay the money back. >> so, clearly, this has a dramatic and direct impact on the individual's life. >> that's right. >> in terms of insurance payments and loans and things like that. what impact does it have in a broader sense on the overall economy if so many people have low credit ratings? >> it's not good. think about it this way, mortgage rates right now are at historic lows, 4.5% on a 30-year mortgage. if everybody could refinance, they'd free up a lot of cash. they'd be able to take that money and spend it. that would help the economy, but so many people can't get at that money because their credit scores are so poor. >> by the way, i was reading in
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your note that oftentimes if a recession credit scores lag behind the recession, which means things could actually be worse than we already know. >> that's right. because people have emergency cushions. we tell them that all the time. so, you don't stop paying your bills the minute you lose your job. times it takes a while. >> let's get to the tips on how people can improve their credit scores. first one, common sense, pay your bills on time. >> absolutely. when we look at how credit scores are computed, about 35% of your score is plain and simple, on-time payment of your bills. so automate everything. sign up for online bill payment at your banks, schedule the bills before they're due and then you don't are to worry about this one. >> the next one is limit your credit use. something called credit utilization makes up another 30% of your credit score. >> this is the percent of the credit you have available to you that you're actually using. and it's complicated. you only want to be using 10% to 30% on those credit cards of your total credit lines. not just the total.
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on every individual card as well. so, you want to make sure that you're using a mix of cards or that you're keeping that use minimal. >> all right. keep old credit cards open and avoid credit you don't need. >> keep your old card -- >> why? >> well, if you close old credit cards, you lower your credit limit so that takes down that important utilitization. 15% of your car is determined on the eleven of your relationship with creditors. longer is better. you don't want to be shopping for additional credit. every time they offer you a card in the mall, you wanted to say no. in general, being out there shopping is a sign you need money, which is, again, not a good thing. >> the last one, i never thought of. diversify your types of credit. >> they like to see in a credit score a mix, that you have the skills and the wherewithal to pay off a mortgage, to pay off a car loan, to pay your credit cards on time, to pay your student loans, you're not just good at one thing versus
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another. >> let's tell people the best way to find their credit score. before they're told it by someone when they need it, when they need money. >> the nice thing about the new consumer legislation, new financial reform, if you're denied credit based on your score, they have to give it to you for free. that will take hold in six months. for now go to or >> we just talked about this category, you don't want to slip below 600. what would the average person really want their credit score to be? >> above 720, where you qualify for the best rates on car loans, mortgages. >> thanks. up next, we'll catch up with zac efron and talk about his new movie.
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since "high school musical," zac efron has pred his acting wings. he is in "charlie st. cloud" whose life is turned upside down following the death of his younger brother. >> you're late. i thought we had a deal. >> we do. we do have a deal.
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pete here every day at sunset canyons. >> promise? >> i promise. >> zac efron, good morning. you're tearing up seeing that. >> no, no, no, no, sorry. sometimes i laugh because out of context -- >> oh, you're laughing in i thought you were upset. >> no, i'm not upset at all. that scene is where i first see the ghost of my brother. >> exactly. this movie is based on the novel of "life and death of charlie st. cloud" so give us background on charlie. >> charlie, his little brother sort of -- tragically dies in a car accident. he makes his promise to his younger brother to never leave him and always stay by his side, so to keep that promise, he keeps the ghost of his brother alive in his heart. and, you know, sees his ghost
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and plays baseball with him every day. they keep their relationship very much alive. >> but the movery is really about letting that go. >> yes, yes, the movie is about the loss of his younger brother and also letting that go. and moving on. he starts to fall in love and is sort of pulled out of this kind of dark place he's been in. >> i know that in real life, you have a brother, dillon, who's a little younger than you. he's 18. >> yeah, he's 18. >> did you think about him when you were making this film? >> a lot, a lot. it's weird, you know, in the past couple years, he's been in high school but i've been sort of all over the place, all the world and kind of traveling around, doing a lot of stuff so i haven't been able to see as much of my little brother recently. when i read this script, all those emotions were just -- just came forward. i realized how much i missed my bro. these are pictures of us. so, i really missed him. that's really when i got to sort of use for this movie. >> in the break i was saying, i
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thought you probably could never get away from the "high school musical" and you said, yes, i can. that's the goal. you are wanting to evolve as an actor. maybe that's why you took this role. >> yes. "high school musical" was very fun, innovative, fresh for our generation. it was sort of a genre that wasn't well received at the moment. so bring that back has always been, you know, something i'm very proud of and excited to be a part of. now with this new kind of adventure, i hope everybody, you know, enjoys this few sort of journey. >> i would assume for you the trick is changing who you are as an actor, allowing yourself to be an adult actor while still holding onto your fan base. you were just at pal of america last week, 7,000 people showed up to see you. >> yes. >> for most of us, we'll never have that experience. what is that like? >> i don't know what you could compare it to.
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it was -- i mean, i was speechless. i didn't know what to say. i couldn't talk. i couldn't hear what i was saying. that was actually probably the loudest thing i've ever heard in my entire life. i was looking at the security guards, these big, tough cops and they were like this, covering their ears. >> thousand do you maintain your balance with that? >> you know, i look at that for what it is. the reason i ko do this is because i love the work. aas fun as that is and as happy as that makes you feel inside, you have to remember why you're doing it and that is to, you know, make great work. >> you recently said getting all that attention made you realize how little you want the fame. which is surprising. most people would want the fame. >> it's interesting. a lot of people handle it differently. it's not something that i really gravitate toward. i'm much more of a -- you know, a private person, but there's
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aspects, you know, that come from fame that allow you to do great work. that's what i really want to do, is make great movies. >> well, you're growing up. zac efron, thank you so much. >> it's always a pleasure. >> thank you. "charlie st. cloud" from our sister company universal opens in theaters friday. back with more on "today."
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am lisa robinson. two people are under arrest in connection up the stabbing death of a johns hopkins research assistant. john wagner and lavelva merritt were taken into custody yesterday. they robbed and sunday night just a few blocks away from the charles village apartment. there reportedly took his cell phone and credit cards. police said they both have lengthy arrest records. police are trying to determine if this is connected
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>> we are off to a nice, quiet start. temperatures this afternoon will make it from the upper 80s to around 90. a few high, thin clouds out there. seven-day forecast going into tomorrow, a chance for thunderstorms rolling in wednesday night and thursday. a little more humid on wednesday as well. high near 92. smith sailing into the weekend. berry nice on saturday and sunday. >> we will see you back here at 9:25.
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by expanding the port, martin o'malley is creating the next generation of jobs right here in baltimore. 5700 hundred jobs... that means work for today... but even more jobs for the future. 5700 new jobs that makes maryland more competitive in the world economy. without governor o'malley, this expansion would never have happened. his commitment to upgrading our port and fighting for our workers is unparalleled. martin o'malley, there's never a doubt who's side he's on. martin o'malley. moving maryland forward.


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